We were all thrilled when we saw more black superhero movies and shows pop up recently. It’s about time they got the leading roles they deserved. We loved the Luke Cage series on Netflix, everyone went mad for Black Panther and Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse was such a massive hit we still can’t shut up about it. You’d think this means we’ll be seeing more and more black superheroes in leading roles, wouldn’t you? But it doesn’t look like it just yet. Luke Cage was dropped by Netflix along with Jessica Jones and Daredevil and we haven’t seen any new teasers apart from Into the Spider-Verse and Black Panther getting sequels at some point in 2022. This is just a tad ridiculous considering how many cool black comic book superheroes are out there. So here’s a list of black superheroes who deserve their own movies and shows.
1. Nick Fury
He might not have literal superpowers but who cares, he’s a superhero in our eyes. Nick Fury played by Samuel L.Jackson is definitely someone we’d like to see more. A spin-off show just about what kind of badass things Nick Fury gets up to would be absolutely amazing, thank you very much. But Samuel L. Jackson is probably way too busy and way too cool for a series, so a full-on movie would be even better. Just imagine that movie, it would be 50% sass 50% badass.
Remember Storm from X-men? Yeah, we’d like her to have her own spin-off. A mutant black lady who can control the weather? Can you imagine the comic possibilities? But also, she’s just a cool character we’d like to see at the forefront of the show or a movie. They’ve made so many Wolverine movies, can we have some Storm now?
Yes, more Samuel L.Jackson, you can never have enough, don’t even argue. We’re pretty sure that if a Frozone movie was made it would become legendary overnight. It would be hilarious, it would be brilliant, it would definitely be unique. And the opportunities to explore the story of Frozone deeper are definitely out there.
4. War Machine
Don Cheadle’s James “Rhodey” Rhodes is a great character and he’s Tony Stark’s best friend. So we’d actually love to see the roles flip and have War Machine take the lead in a movie or a show and just occasionally see Iron Man pop in and be a side character for once. How would his ego deal with that? We’re not sure Tony would know what to do in that situation. But War Machine definitely deserves the spotlight.
5. Misty Knight
Simone Missick’s portrayal of Misty Knight on Luke Cage and Iron fist was pretty cool and we’d love to see more of her. Her backstory is fascinating and we’d love to see her be a superhero and run a detective agency at the same time.
So this is how the movie would go — Batman is looking for a protege and finds Batwing, the Batman of Africa. He trains him, decks him out with gear and essentially we get a DC version of Tony Stark babysitting Spiderman. Except this would be so much better because we imagine it funnier and we expect Batwing to exceed all expectation and get his own series. And DC definitely needs a win.
So Wonder Woman was a success. Why not bring her long lost sister Nubia into the universe. The story is that she was abducted as a kid and brainwashed to challenge Wonder Woman. In the comics, Wonder Woman had a really hard time defeating Nubia to be able to break the spell and give Nubia her memories back. After Nubia returned to her senses she joined forces with Wonder Woman. Wouldn’t you love to see that?
Some might say that Cyborg is just the DC version of Robocop but we think he’s much more than that. Plus it would be nice to see a new character not a lot of people know much about, instead of recycling big well-known ones that keep doing pretty bad at the box office. Like can we please stop with superman for a decade? Give some new obscure characters a try. It worked for Guardians of the Galaxy so why wouldn’t it for Cyborg?